With progress roaring through like a steam engine, people around the world jumped aboard. By horse, train, and telegraph, news traveled fast: Come to California, land of resources and potential!
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a new wave of immigrants arrived. They joined communities across California or formed new ones. The state’s culture began to reflect a mixture of influences from all over the world. The newcomers faced serious challenges. Yet they overcame them. They made many contributions to California’s economy, agriculture, food, art, music, and more.